Re: [Videolib] streaming media and academic libraries: the

Gary Handman (
Wed, 07 Dec 2005 14:21:20 -0800

"You're boss"???? probably ain't, or else we wouldn't be
having this conversation.



At 12:50 PM 12/7/2005, you wrote:
>You're boss is sorely deluded...Hers is, I'm afraid, the kind of
>bubbly administratorspeak that's based less on insight and real
>knowledge and more on on buzz and other ill-gotten notions picked up
>banging around the infosphere...
>It may be that in five years certain distributors (PBS, MEF, Films
>Media Group et al) will make the majority of their catalogs
>available online. Great, if all you plan to support in your
>collection is the collections of those folks. I have a queasy
>feeling that there's gonna be a future trend toward "collecting"
>based on what can be delivered over the wire (not on what would best
>serve the teaching and research aims of the institution)...all--and
>only--the news that's fit to stream, as it were
>Even then, I'd consider the ability of campus computing
>infrastructure to support online video delivery; student access to
>computers; classroom digital delivery capabilities; willingness of
>faculty to use online media in the classroom. I've been toying
>around with FMG's digital on demand services...nifty front-end
>tools, but the image you get is still a 360x240 postage stamp. I've
>also been messing around with putting FMG and PBS mpg and streamed
>format files up on the library's server. Looks pretty nice if
>you're in the library or have access to a T1 line...less wonderful
>from off campus over cable or DSL.
>Gary Handman
>At 10:41 AM 12/7/2005, you wrote:
>>Not gonna happen for FEATURE films at least legally
>>Way too many rights holders who will simply never agree and
>>You can't force them. I am sure however that lots of stuff will be allowed
>>to be streamed but a lot won't .
>>Gonna be fun
>> > Some of you may recall that I wanted to begin circulating our
>> video resources
>> > to students--currently they circulate to faculty only, and
>> students must use
>> > them inhouse. Well, that proposal has been soundly rejected by
>> the faculty.
>> > When I said I wanted to continue to press for this, my boss told me that
>> > streaming media will soon render the issue moot. "In five
>> years," she told
>> > me, "streaming video will change the entire way academic media
>> resources will
>> > operate."
>> >
>> > Okay, I'd like to tap the collective wisdom of the list re this statement:
>> > 1. Five years?
>> > 2. Will video resource collections cease to exist?
>> > 3. And on a practical level, is anyone out there using streaming video as
>> > part of a Media Resources collection--if so, how useful/effective is it?
>> > As always, thanks for your input!
>> >
>> > Maureen Tripp
>> > Media Librarian
>> > Media Services Center
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>> > Boston, MA 02116
>> >
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>> >
>> >
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>Gary Handman
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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


"Movies are poems, a holy bible, the great mother of us."
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